Cobb County police investigate fatal accident

COBB COUNTY, Ga — Saturday night, candles lit up the very spot of yet another fatal accident at Bobb Bettis Road and Piedmont Road.

Behind the candles were flowers and balloons, all an unfortunate reminder of how dangerous things are in this area. “It’s pretty dangerous to be honest,” a neighbor said. “I’m not quite sure why. But we had six accidents in three weeks.”

The neighbor didn’t want to be identified, but said this too much: “It’s a pretty dangerous intersection. People need to slow down and look.”

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Cobb County Police tell Channel 2 they’re investigating a fatal crash that happened on Friday around 11:30 a.m. Police said 25-year old Graham Dobbs was driving northbound on Bob Bettis Road in a black 2016 Volkwagen Jetta. Dobbs was preparing to turn left onto Piedmont Road when he got into an accident with 17-year old Gabriel Mclachlan, who was driving a gray 2022 Kawaski EX400 motorcycle. McLachlan was thrown from the motorcycle. He died on the scene.

Laurel Smith lives near the intersection. “I lived here for 20 years, and we’ve had more accidents (in the) past month than any other time.”


As a matter of fact, we saw another accident just around the corner. A Channel 2 photographer made the first 911 call about this accident, which involved two cars. Several emergency crews rushed to the scene. “I’m afraid to make a left-hand turn out of my street because it’s so difficult, with the traffic speeding. People are going 60 mph,” said Smith.

Meanwhile, Smith is begging for a change. “Something needs to be done to prevent these accidents, especially when a 17-year old gets killed. That’s so tragic.”

Neighbors are asking for at least a stoplight to be installed at the intersection. Police are still investigating.

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